Archive for the ‘Woodwards Gearless Clock’ Category

You`ll notice, hopefully, that it has all been gold plated. I`m never very pleased with my work and I must say this looks smashing and it is so difficult to get a good picture of it! The gold is so well polished and reflective that I just get glare but then with such dull winter [...]

I`m terrible at design and getting things in proportion, so for the face, I mocked it up in CAD and then made it out of a card template just to see what it looked like: (the bar code is a nice part of the design Happy with the size and mounting positions and also getting [...]

I don`t often divert off the plans that often but I was having real problems with back stop and I figured it was all down to its position. The plans call for the backstop to be mounted alongside the count wheel on the bridge piece as I originally built it: However the angle at which [...]

It has been over 2 weeks since I updated and I can honestly say I`ve been working none stop on the clock with very little to show. The pin wheel had been damaged and some of the pins needed removing and resecuring in place which took a few evenings. I also have been doing a [...]

EDIT – I have decided this is not good enough and will need remaking! Well, as with last time when I hadn`t posted for a while, it isn`t not because I`ve not been working on it, just struggling! For the first time, I`ve gone ahead and made a part without actually understanding how it works [...]

06 Sep, 2011

Gearless Clock – Pulley Setup

Posted by: Raynerd In: Woodwards Gearless Clock

I got the weight pulley system together which took a lot longer than I expected! These little things were tricky to make! They each run on a tiny bearing; Because they are only about 3mm wide, I found it really tricky to have a blind hole to a press fit. It was too tight and [...]

I`ve not posted an update for a few days and the truth is, I`d made all the parts required to test the mechanism and I must have spent near 10 hours just tweeking the setup to get it to run. Finally, just as I was giving up again for the evening, I had a brain [...]

I completed the “gated detent” earlier today. This is a critical part, it allows a single pin on the pin wheel to slide through the gate but catches and holds the next pin until the next impulse. The paddles were made from 0.02″ steel shim but I couldn`t find anything suitable, so I butchered one [...]

13 Aug, 2011

Pin Wheel Bridge & Impulse Pawl

Posted by: Raynerd In: Woodwards Gearless Clock

Here is the bridge for the pinwheel: Both wheels mounted and some pleasing filing on the arc! I also decided to make the impulse pawl and then all pendulum parts are complete. And mounted on the pendulum…

Made the pin wheel arbour tonight which also doubles up as the drive pully. There is a few issues with this related to the type of line I ultimately use. Basically, the drive wheel obtains it rotation from the falling weight, simply by the friction of the line pulling over the pully. As you can [...]


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